21st January 2022

    Pilgrims Christmas Tree Recycling campaign becomes a tree-mendous record-breaking success for east Kent

    Pilgrims Hospices Christmas tree recycling initiative has become a fir-tastic record-breaking success.

    Doorstep collections of Christmas trees took place over two weekends, 8th and 9th and 15th – 16th January 2022 and more than 2,250 were collected and recycled by volunteers and representatives of Pilgrims Hospices.


    Supporters have been helping Pilgrims to take care of the planet and hospice patients, one tree at a time, through generous donations given by members of the community as part of this environmentally-friendly fundraising initiative, which has reached a milestone 10 years in Ashford and ‘branched out’ for the first time in Canterbury and Thanet!

    The campaign has become a record breaker and early estimations show that, in total, more than £41,000 has been raised through donations for the collections. This staggering amount would pay for more than 1,620 hours of specialist nursing care for hospice patients.

    I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who registered their tree for collection

    Kate Duddell – Pilgrims

    This tree-mendous amount brings the total raised from the initiative since its inception 10 years ago to an incredible total of £165,000 over the years.

    The campaign was only made possible with the support of Kent County Council and FCC Environment, Kent’s Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC). Together the parties have helped Pilgrims deliver the long running 10th year of the Ashford campaign, yet also helped to extend the scheme into two new areas of Canterbury and Thanet. This year the charity ‘branched out’ with the aim to recycle more trees than ever before, which the charity hoped would raise more to help deliver vital end-of-life care for the people of east Kent.

    The support of KCC has played an integral role in expanding the initiative. Cabinet Member for Environment Susan Carey said: “I welcome this initiative to support Pilgrims Hospices and thank all the partner organisations and volunteers who have made this recycling campaign possible.”

    Kate Duddell, Fundraising Manager said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who registered their tree for collection, each and every donation makes a difference to the £11 million we have to fundraise each year in order to keep our services running.

    “We simply could not run the campaign without the many volunteers lending their time, vans, support or facilities, including the staff at the Recycling Centre, FFC Environment, special thanks to Kent County Council, Ashford Borough Council, Canterbury City Council and Thanet District Council, Givaudan, Medash Signs, Countrystyle Recycling Ltd, Earles Landscapes Ltd, Tree and Grounds Maintenance Ltd, Old Dairy Brewery, Laing O’Rourke, Cordes Horticultural, Asda and Ashford Vineyard, Waitrose, MW Cave Ltd, Canterbury City Council, Thanet District Council, Core Waste Management, A Bird Trees and Gardens and Forty Seven Reclaimed, all of these groups of people have played a big part in helping us extend and deliver the campaign and we thank each and every one of those involved.”


    Each year, Pilgrims Hospices provide care and comfort to over 2,500 people in east Kent who are coming to terms with an illness that sadly cannot be cured. The charity support patients to live life as well as possible until the end of life, free from pain and distress.

    2nd December 2020

    Christmas Tree Recycling branching out with the support of Kent County Council and FCC Environment.

    Pilgrims Hospices, east Kent’s hospice charity, has tree-mendous news. Pilgrims Hospices is proud to be rolling out the renowned Christmas Tree Recycling fundraising campaign into Canterbury and Thanet for the first time.

    The environmentally-friendly fundraising initiative has been running in the Ashford Borough Council area for 8 years, with support of the local Council, and has raised an incredible £115,000 to help deliver vital care for patients facing an incurable illness in east Kent.

    Now with the fir-tastic support of Kent Country Council and Kent’s new Household Waste and Recycling Centre and Transfer Station partner, FCC Environment, together both parties are helping Pilgrims with the extension of the scheme. The charity will be creating new easy-to-access Christmas tree drop-off points for residents of the Canterbury City and Thanet District areas, together with the long running Ashford area’s traditional household collections.

    Help Pilgrims to take care of the planet and hospice patients one tree at a time. When it comes to residents saying farewell to the festive fir, the charity can help residents enjoy a hassle-free end to the Christmas period with the environmentally-friendly service. Charity supporters can register real trees in return for a donation and Pilgrims team of volunteer elves will do the hard work in unison with FFC Environment at the Recycling Centres in Ashford, Canterbury and Margate.

    In January, over 1,350 trees were collected in the Ashford area and in excess of £21,000 was raised for the vital services. This year the charity hopes that residents in Canterbury and Thanet will help their local hospice by donating online and booking their tree in for the initiative taking place in Canterbury at the University of Kent and in Thanet at Arlington Car Park on 9-10th January. Household collections in Ashford will take place from 16-19th January 2021.

    The collected trees will be turned into power for renewable sources and sustainable fuel. What’s even better is that, whilst helping to support the charity, residents will be reducing their environmental impact too.

    The support of KCC has played an integral role in expanding the initiative. Cabinet Member for Environment Susan Carey said: “We are very happy to be supporting the popular tree recycling campaign for Pilgrims Hospices and welcome its expansion beyond Ashford. The recycling of Christmas trees has raised over £115,000 over the last 8 years and its hoped the expansion will bring in more much needed funds for the vital work of the hospice. My thanks go to the KCC waste and environment team and to our contractors FCC for supporting the care Pilgrims Hospices provides to those facing incurable illness.”

    FCC Environment’s Operations Director Steve Longdon explained: “We only recently took over the running of the 12 HWRCs in Mid and East Kent and so it’s great to be able to get involved so early into the contract with local initiatives like this one which directly benefits such a good local cause.”

    To register your real Christmas Tree please visit www.pilgrimshospices/treerecycling.


    Each year, Pilgrims Hospices provide care and comfort to over 2,500 people in east Kent who are coming to terms with an illness that sadly cannot be cured. The charity support patients to live life as well as possible until the end of life, free from pain and distress.

     

    20th January 2020

    Christmas tree recycling campaign is a record breaker

    Pilgrims Hospices Christmas Tree Recycling campaign has broken records this year with a staggering 1,350 trees being collected over Ashford and Tenterden on 11 January 2020.


    For the eighth year running, the generous residents of the Ashford Borough from Wye to Wittersham, Willesborough to Woodchurch, donated money in return for their Christmas trees to be collected and recycled by Pilgrims Hospices.

    A team of over 90 dedicated volunteers and colleagues from local businesses collected the trees on Saturday 11 January. The campaign will raise more than £21,000 for hospice care in east Kent.

    The scheme received tremendous amounts of community support with several local businesses gifting their time and vans to help collect the trees. Local businesses lending a hand included vans and crews from Givaudan, Menzies, Medash Signs Ltd, Practical Van Hire Ashford, Waitrose, Countrystyle Recycling Ltd, Earles Landscapes, Select Plant Hire, Ace Transport, Dave Lowe, Bilsington Priory, Bill Cordes and Pilgrims Hospices retail team.

    We simply could not run the campaign without the many volunteers lending their time.

    Louise Newman, Pilgrims Hospices

    A total of 29 vans were out in force around the area collecting the trees of all shapes and sizes, which were taken to Ashford Household Waste Recycling Centre in Cobbs Wood for recycling.

    Louise Newman, Pilgrims Hospices Community Fundraising Manager said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who registered their tree for collection, each and every donation makes a difference to the £11 million we have to fundraise every year in order to keep our services running.

    “We simply could not run the campaign without the many volunteers lending their time, vans, or facilities, including the staff at the Ashford Recycling Centre and Ashford Vineyard who help us with this campaign. We thank each and every one of those involved. Our headline sponsor, Ashford Borough Council, has also gone above and beyond to help support the campaign, for which we are very grateful.

    We are all absolutely thrilled to have broken previous records again this year.

    Louise Newman, Pilgrims Hospices

    “We are all absolutely thrilled to have broken previous records again this year, but as the numbers continue to grow we will need even more crews to help. If you can help in 2021 or know someone who would like to get involved in the scheme, we would love to hear from you in the coming few weeks. Or, if you are a business and would like to sponsor the event, we’d also love to hear from you. Simply email fundraising@pilgrimshospices.org.”


    This year alone, Pilgrims Hospices has to raise £11 million through voluntary donations in order to run our full range of services. Sponsorship raised through events like these helps us to continue caring for local people at the end of their lives.

    17th December 2019

    Christmas Tree Recycling is back for its eighth year

    For the eighth year running Pilgrims is holding its very popular Tree Recycling campaign where your real Christmas tree can be collected from your doorstep and recycled for your chosen donation. Registration for Pilgrims Hospices Christmas Tree Recycling in the Ashford Borough area is now open.


    On Saturday 11 January volunteers from the hospice will be out in force across the whole of the Ashford Borough collecting trees from people’s doorsteps, gardens and driveways.

    Register for Pilgrims Hospices Christmas Tree Recycling in the Ashford Borough area is now open.

    If you’re an Ashford Council resident you can help the hospice raise vital funds, look after the planet and save yourself the bother of disposing of your tree when the festivities are over.

    Last year our volunteers picked up over 1,250 trees.

    Louise Newman, Pilgrims Hospices

    Register and donate online by midnight on Sunday 5 January at Tree Recycling or phone 01233 504 111 and a member of the team will collect your tree from your doorstep and take it to the recycling centre for you.

    Louise Newman, Community Fundraising Manager said: “Last year our volunteers picked up over 1,250 trees and visited over 1,000 homes and we hope to reach even more households this year. We are thrilled that the average donation has risen to £13 although all donations are welcome. A donation of £10 could pay for a patient’s meals for the day, £15 for essential nursing supplies or £50 for a child’s therapy session.

    “With the valuable support of Ashford Borough Council as well, we hope this year to raise over £20,000 towards the vital work of the hospice.”

    As the numbers continue to grow, we will need even more crews and vans to to help collect the trees. So, if you, your friends, or your company would like to get involved we would love to hear from you as soon as possible. Simply email louise.newman@pilgrimshospices.org or call 01233 504 111.


    This year alone, Pilgrims Hospices has to raise £11 million through voluntary donations in order to run our full range of services. Sponsorship raised through events like these helps us to continue caring for local people at the end of their lives.

    14th January 2019

    Tree Recycling 2019 raises more than £20,000

    Pilgrims Hospices’ Christmas Tree Recycling campaign has broken records this year with a staggering 1,250 trees being collected over Ashford and Tenterden last weekend.


    For the seventh year running the generous residents of the Ashford Borough from Wye to Wittersham, Willesborough to Woodchurch, donated money in return for their Christmas trees to be collected and recycled by Pilgrims Hospices.

    Their team of over 70 dedicated volunteers and colleagues from local businesses collected the trees on Saturday 12 January. The campaign will raise more than £20,000 for the charity who care for members of the local community facing incurable illnesses.

    We are absolutely thrilled to have broken previous records again this year.

    Kate Duddell – Pilgrims Hospices

    The scheme received tremendous amounts of community support with several local businesses gifting their time and vans to help collect the trees. Local businesses lending a hand included vans and crews from Prospect Tree Mortgages, Givaudan Ltd, Medash Signs Ltd, Practical Van Hire Ashford, Waitrose, Countrystyle Recycling Ltd, Earles Landscapes and Laing O’Rourke.

    A total of 22 vans were out in force around the area collecting the trees of all shapes and sizes, which were taken to Ashford Household Waste Recycling Centre in Cobbs Wood for recycling.

    Kate Duddell, Pilgrims Hospices Fundraising Manager, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who registered their tree for collection, each and every donation makes a difference to the £11 million we have to fundraise every year in order to keep our services running.

    “We simply could not run the campaign without the many volunteers lending their time, vans, or facilities, including the staff at the Ashford Recycling Centre, Ashford Vineyard and Ashford Borough Council to help us with this campaign. We thank each and every one of those involved. Our headline sponsor, Prospect Tree Mortgages, has also gone above and beyond to help support the campaign, for which we are very grateful.

    “We are all absolutely thrilled to have broken previous records again this year, but as the numbers continue to grow we will need even more crews to help. If you can help in 2020 or know someone who would like to get involved in the scheme, we would love to hear from you in the coming few weeks. Or, if you are a business and would like to sponsor the event, we’d also love to hear from you. Simply email fundraising@pilgrimshospices.org.”


    Each year Pilgrims supports hundreds of local people coping with a life-limiting illness and their families. The charity offers a range of services: from end of life care given on its wards to its Wellbeing and Social Programme supporting people after they are diagnosed to live well and stay independent.

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